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by the profession, making onslaughts on the medically
orthodox in his journal.     He is also a free thinker.
Levison, who knows him, accompanied me.      Twas
at the close of sultry June day, the dead hush of
the over clouded atmosphere betokening a coming thunder
storm, which burst on our return, drenching us to
the skin as we passed through Washington Square.
Dixon lives in the Fifth Avenue, his office (like
that of most New York doctors)  being in the front
basement.      In physiognomy he singularly like Louis Nap-
oleon, which resemblance is further increased by his
moustache.           I told him details, refraining from
the exaggeration which all doctors expect.   At the
time of speaking I was excessively agitated with the
disease.        He pronounced that  I had been playing
h__l with my nervous system,  and intimated
that by G_d he was going to give me strychnine. 
Then he talk of his paper, my book &c   having
enquired my recent employments.     Finally he pres-
cribed 15 drops of strychnine and alcohol, (to the pro-
portion of one grain of the former to an ounce of the
latter, to be taken thrice a day : with a plaster
down the spine.                    Levison has shown him-
self very kindly of late, and I shame that I
misjudged him so much.     His flaw is weakness
that s all, otherwise he would be a better and kinder
man than might be expected from his antecedents
and surroundings.                  I have observed the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifteen
Description:Describes his visit to Dr. Dixon for treatment of his nervous disorder.
Date:1856-06-30
Subject:Dixon, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Medical care; Physicians and surgeons
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Fifth Avenue; Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.